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Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
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Jan 31, 2011

it was amazing
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Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, is the first of a series of books about Tacky (a nonconformist) and his graceful, well-behaved companions: Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect. TAcky's behavior, loud Hawaiian shirts, loud singing, & splashy cannonball dives initially puts off his companions. But when the hunters arrive, it's Tacky's antics that save the day.

This is ome of my favorite funny read-alouds. Kids enjoy the loud, slightly obnoxious behavior of Tacky, and how quickly he puts the rough, gruff hunters in their place. The illustrations by Lynn Musinger perfectly show the oddities and madcap behavior of Tacky. I love the picture of Tacky having a mackerel sandwich, his splahy cannonball, and the two page spread of the hunters. Lester's text is a hoot with the contrast of the clone-like Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect, and the exuberance of Tacky. Her hunter's song and Tacky's How many Toes Does a Fish Have are classics. Themes include friendship and being an individual.

For ages 4 to 7, penguin and animal themes, and fans of Tacky, Lester, and Munsinger.
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